Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam

Yes, it’s another fig recipe!  In case you haven’t noticed, we love figs.  I know you’re thinking “yeah Christen, but on a BURGER???”  You don’t actually put the figs on (you could, nothing is stopping you if you are so inclined) but you just use the syrup as a glaze, sort of like you would bbq sauce.  Soooo good!  We adapted the recipe some so it would have some salty/sweet components and it was phenomenal.  This is definitely one that we will be making again soon!

Fig-Glazed  Burgers with Red Onion Jam
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, July 2010 issue

Ingredients:
Red Onion Jam:
4 cups thinly sliced red onion (2 onions)
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
Burgers:
cooking spray
1.5 lbs ground round
2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 egg
breadcrumbs
bacon strips, cooked
3 tbsp fig preserves syrup
Muenster cheese slices
buns, toasted
whatever toppings (lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Method:

Jam:  Saute’ onions in hot oil in a nonstick skillet.  Reduce heat and stir in the sugar, vinegar and thyme.  Cover and cook 10 minutes or until the onions are very tender.  Keep on low to keep warm (I uncovered so it wouldn’t be too liquidy). 

Burgers:  Mix beef with the ingredients through the breadcrumbs.  Shape into patties. 

Grill 5 minutes on each side.  Top with fig syrup and then cheese slices.  Grill 2 minutes or until the cheese melts.  Serve on buns with red onion jam and other toppings.

Fig-Glazed Burgers with Red Onion Jam

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